History Introduction

Nonconformist meetings commenced in Kettering around 1666 following the 1662 Act of Uniformity. It was at that time that Mr Maydwell, the Rector of Kettering, left the Parish Church to establish the Independent Meeting.

The first entry, undated, in the Old Church Book lists amongst its members a Mr William Wallis who, together with six other members, was dismissed from membership (29th October 1696) for being an Anabaptist. These men set up their own fellowship in a house in Bayley's Yard, Newland Street, with William Wallis as their pastor. This small group was the first Baptist Church in Kettering, from which the Fuller Church ultimately grew.
At about the same time a second Baptist fellowship was established in Goosepasture Lane (now Meadow Road) under the leadership of Mr Wills, formerly pastor of the Independent Meeting but also dismissed from membership.

In about 1729 the two separate Baptist meetings merged, meeting together for worship on the common basis of believers' baptism and open communion.

After a while the church was in need of its own burial ground but the buildings in Goosepasture Lane had little or no land attached. Mr Beeby Wallis (great grandson of William Wallis), made available to the church his house, warehouse, barn, stable yard and gardens situated in Gold Street, worth a total of £350 but bought by the church for £139 14s 9d.

Fuller Graveyard


Fuller graveyard was originally on the west side of the chapel and contained graves dating from approximately 1769-1891.

Around 1977 with the development of the Newlands shopping centre the memorials were moved to a gravelled yard on the east of the church buildings and the few bones found were cremated and interred at Kettering Crematorium after services at Fuller Church.

Headstone Inscriptions

We sometimes get requests for headstone inscriptions from people that are trying to trace their family history in the area.

Click on "Read More" to see a complete list of inscriptions from the graveyard of Fuller Baptist Church.

1. A – AM -1828
2. ABBOTT Mary Ann 12 1816--1828
3. AYER John 80 1740-1840
4. AYER John 88 1741-1849
5. B - 1831?
6. B –E 3 1772-1775
7. B –S 70 1720-1790
8. BARBER Alice 69 1711-1780

Photos from 1960s and 1970s

Some photos from the 1960's and 70's for you to enjoy.

William Carey and Andrew Fuller

It was at Olney that William Carey first met Andrew Fuller. Carey was a young Christian and Fuller was preaching at the Northamptonshire Baptist Association meetings there. This was the beginning of a life-long friendship and commitment to world mission.

Members 1866 to 1920

Members of Fuller Church -Revised to March 1920

(by date of membership)

Mrs C Burditt 1866 180 Bath Road

Mrs M Ford 1866 Garfield Street

Birth Register

We sometimes get requests for information about Births Registered at Fuller Baptist Church from people that are trying to trace their family history in the area.

Click on "Read More" to see a complete list of Births Registered from 1773 to 1837.

Fuller Baptist Church, 51 Gold Street, Kettering, NN16 8JB